Love for freedom is much less frequent and active than love for the idea of freedom. Analyzing some texts by Donald W. Winnicott, Robert Antelme and Dionys Mascolo, the article discusses the reasons why it may happen that men feel relief at the deposition of their freedom and may wish to be controlled. The relationship between projection, resentment and renunciation of freedom is identified as a significant psychic dynamic to understand the “choice” of submission as well as the neutralization of effective responsible action.

Keywords: Donald W. Winnicott, Drive, Resentment, Subjection, Responsibility

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